Good news, circus fans: Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus are planning to eliminate acts featuring elephants by 2018. This particular circus has been using animal acts since P.T Barnum began bringing them onto the show 145 years ago. Elephants have been a fan favorite since the debut of Jumbo, an Asian elephant, in 1882.
Animal rights groups have been challenging the way we view animal-centric entertainment for years now. They claim the animals' treatment and living conditions in the circus are not humane. Read More
Meet Peter, an elephant and resident of the Royal Elephant Kraal & Village’s non-profit program Elephantstay in Thailand. He also likes to play the piano. Peter’s human companion, a Mr. PaulBartonPiano, submitted a video of his beautiful concert with our favorite pianist. He says of the experience, “I’ve noticed elephants such as Peter have moods at different times of day. Usually in the cooler evening before nightfall [...] they are in a more relaxed and playful mood. Read More
on Sep 19, 2013
In today's extremely-important-you-really-need-to-read-this feminist news, various sources are reporting that elephants and dogs have been recently seen frolicking together.
We first received the news this morning, when the Huffington Post uncovered the story that Bubbles and Bella, an elephant and a dog, are totes besties. As revealed in the video below, they do indeed seem to be quite attached to each other.
Global Animal later confirmed earlier reports, with its news that a baby elephant once tried to wake up a dog with its trunk. Read More
BY Kat Hamilton
on Sep 13, 2013
Warning: Keep preparatory tissues at hand. This one is a tear-jerker.
On August 30th, a newborn elephant at the Shendiaoshan Wild Animal Nature Reserve in China was repeatedly stomped on by his mother. The zookeepers initially felt that this had to be an accident, and removed Zhuangzhuang (the baby elephant's proper name) from the area to tend to his wounds. However, upon returning Zhuanghzhuang to his habitat, the mother began her stomping again. The zookeepers separated the two once more in order to further assess the situation. Read More